NEA’s Read Across America teamed up with the Washington Nationals to “get into the game of reading” and kick off summer reading to local students and parents, as well as visiting educators, who are in town for NEA’s Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly (RA).
NEA hosted a Seuss-tastical Reading Lounge at Saturday and Sunday’s games for fans and their families to enjoy a variety of tried and tested children’s books! The Reading Lounge welcomed approximately 5,000 families, some who participated in story time while others struck a pose with Dr. Seuss’s beloved Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2.
“I always loved Thing 1 and Thing 2, and I love Dr. Seuss. I think it’s amazing that NEA sponsored this [booth] because my mom is a teacher,” says A.J. O’Neill, 8.
Fireworks Come Early
Sunday’s game featured NEA’s very own Lily Eskelsen García, who welcomed educators, parents, kids, and community alike to the nation’s capital and on the eve of the Association’s RA.
Eskelsen García gave a heart-warming rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner, a fitting tribute to America’s educators, some of the most patriotic people the nation has seen–patriotism that’s on full display at the RA when they don red, white, and blue sparkling lights, hats, or attire on July 4.
If you missed the game you can still visit the Read Across America booth at the Washington Convention Center. Don’t forget to check out NEA’s Action Center, too!